National Geographic : 1955 Aug
294 Baby Doll Rides the Buggy, Barbara Provides the Push, and Jimmy Guards the Rear A pet skunk can be trained to wear a harness and be walked on a leash. Some travel about the world: Willie, mascot of an Arctic weather station, got to within 1,500 miles of the North Pole. A New York fancier takes his de-scented pet on the subway; he always gets a seat. Young Barbara Fox finds Jimmy an eager walking companion, although sometimes he prefers to ride in the carriage. Crockett craze, which set the Nation's small fry to fighting imaginary Indians, was respon sible. Quickly exhausting the supply of coon skin scraps to make the low-priced frontier caps. manufacturers began dyeing and using other furs. including skunk. Even when the skunk's fur brought good prices, and even when in some areas a bounty was paid for its scalp, since some thought the animal was spreading disease, these in ducements rarely made serious inroads on the over-all skunk population in the United States. But many fall victim to speeding cars. Farmers, particularly those with duck and fish ponds, have special reason to respect the little black-and-white animals. Eggs of snap ping turtles, those relentless enemies of pond life. are a choice item in skunk diet. Resourceful as the white-tailed deer, un abashed as the porcupine, prolific enough and glad to live beneath the doorstep of civiliza tion where insects, its principal fare, abound, Mephitis has a better chance than many other animals for survival. That's just fine with me. Because every time I see a skunk or get a whiff of its feral stench, I'm reminded to mind my own busi ness-a sure way to keep out of trouble. Notice of change of address for your N.ATION( L GA1A(;Ci'in M:\(:;AzIx should be received in the o!ices of the National Geographic Soci'ty by the first of the month to affect the follozlin month's iss.e. IF'or instance, if you desirethe address changed for your October numb er, The Society should be notifiedl of your newti address not later than Seplember tirst. Please ,give'B(OTH)I our OLD and NEIV' address, including postal-zone number.